Keith Jarrett - A Biography - Wolfgang Sandner

Keith Jarrett - A Biography - Wolfgang Sandner

America's Songbook

Keith Jarrett - A Biography - Wolfgang Sandner

Wolfgang Sandner [+-]
University of Marburg
Wolfgang Sandner, born in 1942, studied musicology, modern history and Italian. For almost three decades, he has been active as music editor for the German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He is professor at the University of Marburg, Germany and has penned portraits of such varied artists as Miles Davis, Heiner Goebbels and Arvo Pärt.


Keith Jarrett never gave up on jazz standards, which remained in his repertoire all his life, but the birth of the 'Standards Trio' was a project dedicated to transforming them. It was Jarrett’s idea to work exclusively with standards from the 'Great American Songbook,' a vaguely defined smorgasbord of chorus-line hits, Hollywood movie music and Broadway musicals, mainly from the twenties, thirties and forties. These songs had always made up an important part of the usual jazz musicians’ repertory. The avant-garde of the sixties, however, in their revolutionary taste for tabula rasa, would have preferred to see them sent to the moon, or, at least, placed on an 'index.'

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Sandner, Wolfgang. America's Songbook. Keith Jarrett - A Biography. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 131-144 Nov 2020. ISBN 9781800500112. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41559. Nov 2020

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